Written by Margo D., marine biology mate
Waking up for a sunrise swim was the perfect way to start the full day at one of our favorite locations, Little Harbor. A couple of ambitious students went off bright and early for their final day of PADI Rescue SCUBA training, and everyone else enjoyed a leisurely, peaceful morning swimming and reading. After chowing down on some bagels and fruit, students ventured to shore to begin a hike on Peter Island. They saw the abandoned hotel and took some great pictures of the views at the top to commemorate their journey and cherished friendships. DSD and FUN divers got picked up by the dive boat for two dives, one being at the famous wreck of the Rhone!
Students then spent the afternoon tubing, sailing on the Colgate, and participating in a bake-off! Judges from the staff boat came around and tasted the different tasty treats we had made. The winning boat was Stargazer, who made Oreo cheesecake parfaits, a crepe cake with berry compote, and a fruit platter with homemade caramel. Yum!
The newly certified Rescue divers returned just in time for a delicious burger cookout that gave students plenty of fuel for the night snorkel, where they saw large Southern stingrays and an octopus. After a quick round of showers, they settled in for a much-needed night of sleep.
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.